Joe Fournier

Joe Fournier

Monday, November 25, 2013

Inventors Welcome - Reyland Leaves the UIA

Mark Reyland finally does the right thing and resigns as Executive Director of the UIA, I think its about time!  now the UIA has an opportunity to become the organization it promised it would be.  Mark Reyland had preyed on inventors for years using his position of trust to take advantage of inventors, He blames the direction of the UIA Board.

see his post here

Thursday, June 20, 2013

UIAs Favorite Sponsor - Invention Home

So to me this is an interesting story,  It involves the relationship between Invention Home (owner Russ Williams, UIA Board Member) SMI (submit My Invention ) software provided by Invention Home, and the UIA (United Inventors Association)

So first lets  take a look at each part of this

The United Inventors Association, a 501c3 non profit educational foundation
Invention Home, provides services for inventors
and SMI, a submission software offered to companies to collect ideas from the inventor community.

Here we are going to directly examine the SMI system first.  I am going to use direct examples, as I was told by mark to learn what I can about the SMI system to use it as a selling point in memberships,

A company signs up for the SMI system, this submission system is offered FREE to companies who wish to have the ability to recieve Ideas and inventions from inventors,  Many companies are currently using this system,  a submission comes in and the company reviews the invention or idea, at that point they can move it a few different folders, they can put it in the review Queue, they can put it in the Accept Queue, or they can Reject the idea,  Now once an idea is rejected by a company, it drops back into a default email offering services to the inventor from Invention Home, so all the rejected ideas, give Invention home an endless supply of potential customers, how much of your data is actually sent to Invention Home?  Good Question,  If inventon Home supplies the system, and they have the ability to log into the system,  would one wonder, does that mean Invention Home has the opportunity to view all the submissions that ever come in through any company? When an idea is Rejected, Does Invention Home have all of the inventors information that he originally submitted to the company using the software? 

Now the owner of this SMI system is on the UIA Board? its quite beneficial to have companies using the system, not just for the company, but for Invention Home as well, considering that Invention home runs the system, and rejected submissions go directly to Invention Home, you can see this when you submit something to ANY of these companies,  if the company rejects the idea, you will recieve an email fom invention home offering to help you, meaning offering to sell you services, I dont know for sure if they have your invention idea in front of them, but I would have to assume from what I was told about the system that YES, not just your information is sent to Invention Home, but your actual submission is not sitting in front of a company you never sent it to.  Example  being Irwin Tools, yousubmit your idea to Irwin Rools using the SMI system, Irwin tools decided they are not interested, now your idea is sitting in front of Invention Home, Think about it, did you say it was okay for Irwin tools to send your idea to another company?  they have a check mark that you have to uncheck as default setting is checked to insure peoples ideas will go to Invention Home,  Now the only verification of this is what I have been told, and a list of emails from when International Housewares show was going on, the amount of interaction directly with Invention Home the UIA and SMI is astounding, think about it if you participated in International housewares, and you submitted to any of the 3 panels "QVC Sprouts", "Pitch to the Pros" , or the "Rubbermaid Pitch"  all 3 of these were setup to use the SMI system, so of all the entries, if yours was rejected, some of your information if not all of your information went to Invention Home, to offer you services,  I wonder how many people knew this when they submitted their Ideas or inventions,  How many people know the website is directly linked to board member Russ Williams (Invention Home) There is a clear and direct connection, its no wonder when you think back to the tradeshows this year, the primary sponsor has been Invention Home, yet thinking back when I had access to the ledger, I cannot recall a single sponsor payment coming into the UIA, not that they didnt pay in a different way, but it did not reflect in the General ledger of the UIA web management.

Why would the UIA ask me to promote the SMI system as a selling point to Sponsorship?  Wouldnt this directly benefit board member Russ Williams?, wouldnt this directly help Invention Home, which offers services to inventors?, Is Invention Home an Invention Promoter or service provider, would that make them fall under the Inventors Rights act of 1999?  I am told by Mark Reyland, that NO they are not, but other companies who do the exact same thing are?  not really sure how that works, maybe because it does not apply to UIA Board Members Companies?

While I cannot post all of the emails as there are many, I will post more in the comments as needed. 

Sent: Friday, February 15, 2013 11:56 AM
Subject: RE: article - info

I believe Jessica has the login to the Housewares Show SMI account.
All you need to do is go into the account, click on the ACCEPT folder that should be the final list of inventors who purchased a booth and click the CSV link at the top.
As you know, the CSV link is going to download all of the raw data from the accept folder. From there you can save as an Excel file and delete all the columns you don’t need. I believe you’re just interested in name and contact info.
This should give you a list to email.
Russell Williams | PresidentInventionHome
275 Center Road, Suite 105, Monroeville, PA 15146
P: 412-229-1340 x107 |
Sent: Friday, February 15, 2013 8:47 AM
Subject: article - info
Here is brief article we included in our newsletter to companies this month.
This will give you a little more info about our system.
Russell Williams | PresidentInventionHome
275 Center Road, Suite 105, Monroeville, PA 15146
P: 412-229-1340 x107 |


Where did all the rejections from that housewares show go? yeah, Invention Home. Look I know I played a part in this as well, and I am making every effort to right the wrongs I have done in this, I got caught up in the same game, I am guilty of that, and like my first email blast I sent out, I do apologize for my involvement with the United Inventors Association, I was conned by Mark Reyland into believing I was doing what was best forthe inventor, it wasnt till my unjust termination that I realized or finally just opened my own eyes and saw what was going on, I hope people can forgive me for my part in all this, when I started, I just wanted to help people my first "job" with the UIA was Volunteer coordinator, I wanted to help myself with my own ideas as well, I feel Still it is my responsibility to tell people the truths they may not be aware of.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

UIA Corporate Sponsors

We have to keep in Mind, in many cases, the UIA sponsors are victims here as well, they were being told that they would be researched and if the UIA did not do those checks, thats not the fault of the sponsor,  there are some good companies within the UIA,  I am not going to get into specifics as I suggest any company you want to deal with its YOUR responsibility to research who they are and what they do,  from what I have learned in all this, I dont care whos website say company A is good or bad,  I will look for myself, I will do my own background checks and decide for myself who I feel I can or cannot trust.

UIA Sponsors signed up to get access to the UIA members, again they were told the UIA was going to conduct extensive background checks into the companies practices, if the UIA did not do that, its NOT the fault of the sponsor!

I know I have repeated myself, but people need to understand, these are bsuinesses who paid alot of money to access the UIA membership, send out their advertisements or other company information,  they too are victims of the UIA.  I am urging each and every one of you to do any kind if background checks you can,  thinking back even though it wasn't my job I should have done more,  I was told by Mark to get the basic information on the companies who showed interest, don't spend lot of time on it because the executive committee will research and if they come back with a no, I would have just wasted time I could be working on another company,  I was often told by Mark, "its the quickest trip to the bank". Looking back, I fell right in line, it was my paycheck, it was his I fed my family.

Back to the UIA Sponsors they are also the victims,  it was described to them as their company was undergoing an extensive background investigation, by the UIA, once Mark once told me "wait a couple days before you call them back,  then you can say it was close but I was able to get you in". He explained how it would make them feel like I really fought for them.  I know there are good companies, and good people in the UIA sponsors

Do your research on any company you want to deal with find out who is in charge Google them with the name and "scam" or "ripoff" things like that,

If you know any good ways or tools that can help people with. Please post them so others can use it too.

Friday, June 14, 2013

My Story Part TWO - insider blows the whistle on the United Inventors Association


Initially, when I started the membership director position there was NO voting. It was simply a company would want to join, they would pay their dues and they were added to the website and blog pages. After the Jan 2013 (annual) board meeting the process changed.  There are 5 members of the executive committee Mark Reyland (also the executive Director) Trevor Lambert, Ken Bloemer, Warren Tuttle (president), and Bill McHenry. Generally speaking I would do basic research on a company and send it over for a vote; the only NO vote I recall ever getting was from Bill McHenry. McHenry or Warren (I cannot remember which) initiated a conference call to discuss the company. After Bill presented his evidence as to why this company should not be allowed into the UIA, it was sent back out for vote, the votes came in 4 YES and 1 NO (the no was still Bill McHenry). It was a “majority wins” voting system, and once I had 3 YES votes I could send them (the new member) a link to make payment.

 I received an email from a previous corporate sponsor who with their permission I will include their story where she says that their references were never even checked, The Company was promised a bunch of things that they never received, and feels taken advantage of as a corporate sponsor. The original letter is also on my blog. 
 Here is the Quoted Email from this previous “Certified Pros’” letter to me , it seems as even when they had the Certified Pro label for what they now call sponsors, nothing was different, they were not doing all the checks they had promised the UIA community they promised they were doing anyway.  Maybe that explains the “so what” attitude, I guess nothing really changed but the name, they were never doing any actual research back then either.

“Dear Joe!

Thank you for your candor! I appreciate your honesty and boldness to step forward and "blow the whistle". I was actually offered your position by Mark Reyland almost a year ago and when I queried him on the outrageous requirements of the job position I never received an answer. I can validate your claim as I paid $5000.00 for a Platinum Membership and was never researched nor were my references called. A fact I found terribly disturbing given the level of "approval" i was supposed to be subjected to. I was promised that I would be invited to be a guest speaker at trade shows, attend VIP dinners where conferences were held and never received an invitation. I was fleeced for $5000.00 and couldn't even access the membership directory after paying. I could go on and on.

If you would like to discuss this with me further or need any fodder to substantiate your claims please feel free to call me!! I was left out to dry by the UIA at the Platinum Level and lost all hope in my invention and company.

I am SO appreciative you stepped out and brought this situation into the light!!

With gratitude,

Identity hidden intentionally.

So I have to wonder now with the UIA, was it ever about the actual Inventor, or was it about the money, I think we all know the answer to that. I cant even count the times I was told that the amount of money coming in didn’t cover the “nut”  I also know several weeks ago I was told directly by Mark Reyland that the UIA account had a over 700.00 negative balance,  that is what he said.

While I didn’t know about any actual perks involved with the tradeshow sponsors. The only thing I found odd, is InventionHome was always a sponsor of trade shows, I don’t know if that is wrong, just thought that they were just hand in hand with the UIA. I do not know what or if they paid for sponsorships, as trade shows were not my department; it just always struck me as odd.

As far as my job with the UIA goes, I was never written up for anything, I was never reprimanded, I was never in any sort of trouble None!  In reviewing emails I see a lot of praises for my hard work. I was terminated when I asked Mark to call me, related to being compensated for work I had completed 2 weeks prior in a text message which turned into a “back and forth” text argument that resulted in “the UIA will no longer require your services.” I was asked to take over, because I was told by Mark Reyland that Roger Brown who had been answering the email was forced to quit doing the job, or face consequences greater than a few day suspensions he received from his workplace Edison Nation, and Roger Brown was to write an apology letter to John Young.  SO I took over that Job and was promised 500.00 per month, at the end of April I sent a report of how many questions came in, I submitted the required information at the end of the month.  I expected to be paid, when 2 weeks went by I sent mark a text message that said something like, Hey Bud, sorry for your loss, but when you have time I really need to talk to you about compensation on the inventing question thing.  Mark sent back a nasty message I sent a nasty message, this went back and forth and then I received the UIA will no longer require your services, in a text message

Its interesting reflecting back and now that as I have talked to 2 other people who were offered this position, they were offered a higher pay structure than I was, example being, a full platinum membership costs 5000.00 and commission on the 2 other contracts were 1000 commission, but I was only paid 750.00 for the same thing, I wonder now looking at Mark Reyland told me they were never offered 1000, was Mr Reyland been pocketing 250.00 of each sale I made?  I requested the procedures for hiring and firing and have not gotten a reply.  Also wouldn’t the pay involved in any position be something that would have been voted on by the board? Or does this just another example where Mark Reyland is the board and makes all the decisions on his own?  Why would my pay be different than someone else’s?  I can see where as I had no experience in the beginning, to make a smaller amount, but I had proven my abilities many times over.  I was also told that I would make a base pay of 500.00 per month, when QVC pulled their deal out I was told that I would no longer be getting a base pay,  there were times where I worked all month and if a sale didn’t come in, I spent the entire month and made absolutely NOTHING.

I was accused of hacking into the UIA computer systems, when the fact is I simply logged in with the credentials given to me by Mark. I found it actually refreshing that in Warren’s message to the members he admits to what I had told everyone; they did indeed change the certification to (just) sponsorship, but he did not address why the UIA failed to inform the UIA community of this change.

I truly do not understand; even before all this there are tons of stories of how unethical Mark is and how he is giving the UIA a bad name, to the point I was told directly by Mark, that the negativity around him cost the UIA some $200,000 per year on a 3-year deal with QVC.  And I was told by Mark that Bill McHenry had asked for Mark’s resignation at some point to the board or maybe directly to Warren. Why the President of the organization would allow this I really have no clue.

If I could Make a recommendation to anyone it would be research,  Not just the UIA, but any company, find out who you are dealing with, find out who is in the company research those people as well,  I actually Have a few ideas on how to create an organization better than what the UIA is offering.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

My Story Part ONE - insider blows the whistle on the United Inventors Association

Around May of 2012, I was an Inventor Member of the UIA, a post had come to my email looking for volunteers for the UIA,  I volunteered and shortly after received a phone call from Mark Reyland, Mark offered various tasks and offered to pay me for those tasks on a per task basis,  I worked for the UIA for almost a year, My first “Official Title” was Volunteer Coordinator, During that time I was still doing the work and research on the Inventors Rights Act of 1999.  Prior to this I had no writing experience that would qualify my to re write any legislative document.

When I first got involved with this I did not know a lot about the UIA, I was simply a Member who had signed up a short time before, and wanted to volunteer to help, from my understanding, the UIA was supposed to be a place where inventors could go to get help from quality and trusted companies, other resources were available, to help inventors become successful.  While I did not know a whole lot about the UIA, Mark Reyland pushed that it’s all about teaching inventors, later more derogatory terms were used, but I will get into the later.

Mark had met with me and I shared with him my invention, in which he thought was great, so did everyone I showed it to, but still do date I have no great success story to tell from any invention, even now why Mark thought I had any qualifications to do any of these Jobs I really do not know, maybe because I showed an interest, looking back, maybe because I would be easy to manipulate.  With the Director, of Corporate Membership services, looking back and seeing the emails, I was really pushed into this job, almost goaded into taking the Job, that I KNEW I was not qualified for.  This is part of an email I received when I was being asked to take the job

Really….are you scared of this level of job? because if you are I'm going to make fun of you forever :)

 I am an inventor who to date has never brought a product to market, I had no experience in any of the positions I did with the UIA, I had to teach myself just about everything , when I had questions I would email them to mark for clarification, It is my opinion it was my level of interest in inventing or looking back now, an easy victim, I was never asked for any work history, references, or anything like that,  I struggled with the decision to take the offer and had many discussions with my wife about it, I feared I could not do the job as described, Mark finally talked me into taking the position, and I jumped in head first not knowing what I was doing.  I was simply a UIA member trying help  people.  Then is when I learned how the corporate membership programs worked, Patron Membership 500.00 per year with no ROI, a small business platinum Membership 3000.00  per year included 2 emails per year to advertise to the UIA members, and one blog a month, and a Platinum Membership which hekd the same ROI as the Small business platinum Membership5000.00 per year.  In many cases even a large company could sign up for the 3000.00 membership it was said that its better to get 3000.00 from them than nothing at all. So even those “rules” were not enforced.

In a couple cases the UIA allowed companies to “pay to play” for emailing the UIA community, on one such case, Inventions Geneva was charged $500, for a patron membership and paid an additional $500.00 for the UIA to advertise their event. We sent out two emails for Inventions Geneva for the additional $500. 

In the second case, Ron Docie signed up for a Patron membership and was allowed to advertise his services to the UIA community.  No other Patron member was afforded this opportunity unless it was where I asked them to send me something for a blog post thanking our patron members.

Certain trades were made with companies to exchange services for sponsorship, Fargo Design, and a radio station both had services trade agreements. Trade a membership from the UIA for their services.

It wasn’t till all this started that I realized that even the telling the corporate sponsors we were emailing at this point almost 14,000 members, the fact of the matter is really this well that’s not quite the truth either, you see almost 14,000 is the member count, but what they don’t tell you when they send out the emails is the some 5000 of those who have opted out of receiving emails from the UIA, and it doesn’t tell you of the 2000 to 3000 errors it gets from people signing up with fake, or improper emails, so how many out of almost 14,000 wind up actually getting an email, if my memory recalls somewhere between 6000 and 7000 that actually receive the email, and then add the bounce backs that came to my email, either the email for that person had changed, required verification, unknown delivery recipient, so the number may be even less than that.
To be continued......

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

AUTHORIZED - insider blows the whistle on the United Inventors Association

Mark Reyland writes an email to the 14,000 UIA members claiming that I somehow "gained unauthorized access to the UIA mail servers

(oh as a note, the advertises that it sends out emails to its almost 14,000 members, well that’s not quite the truth either, you see almost 14,000 is the member count, but what they don’t tell you when they send out the emails is the some 5000 of those who have opted out of receiving emails from the UIA, and it doesn’t tell you of the 2000 to 3000 errors it gets from people signing up with fake, or improper emails, so how many out of almost 14,000 wind up actually getting an email, if my memory recalls somewhere between 6000 and 7000 that actually receive the email)

Subject: Unauthorized use of UIA Email Server

On behalf of the entire UIA we would like to apologize for the email you received this evening from Joe Fournier. Mr. Fournier was terminated from the UIA on Monday of this week. We are unsure at this point how he gained this unauthorized access to our system.

Our attorneys will look into this matter and pursue all available legal remedies.

Again, we apologize for any inconvenience this incident may have caused you and look forward to your continued support of the UIA Inventor Education Mission

The UIA Staff

But the email I got from Mark and Members clicks was this:

Hello Joe Fournier,

You have been added by Mark Reyland as an Authorized Service Administrator (ASA) for United Inventors Association of America. Your login information is below.

Username: joefournier
Password: summer2012

As an ASA, you have full administrative access to Member Clicks and are also able to access any online and phone support services provided by our Help Team. Please contact Mark Reyland by replying to this email should you have questions about the use of your authorized service administrator profile for United Inventors Association of America.

the Member Clicks Help Team

Kind of appears like I was given full administrative access to Members clicks, where the UIA mailing list is stored.


I told everyone about the way the UIA handled the change over from certification to sponsor

"During the annual board meeting at the end of January 2013, the United Inventors Association CEASED certification of their sponsor companies because certification creates liability for the UIA. However they failed to offer you, the inventor in need of assistance, and the courtesy of informing you that they had removed this safety net. The UIA board members preferred to allow you to trust that they were performing their due diligence with the companies who received their seal of membership for their websites and on the UIA website. In reality, the United Inventors Association was no longer performing any such service. "

Warren at least told the truth in his rebuttal letter, he told you that it changed AFTER the UIA was called out, I still have not seen them address this, how does the UIA community know they are looking into the background of businesses, why he chose to NEVER tell you.

The UIA Board voted in February to change our corporate certification sponsorship program to a corporate sponsorship program. We did this for several reasons, not the least of which involved companies outside the UIA questioning the validity of any organization preforming an official certification process. Additionally, the UIA was acting on the advice of legal counsel who advised us that a certification process could expose the organization to legal liability. A portion of the organization’s funding comes from corporate members; however our focus on the needs of the individual inventor remains our primary goal. I can assure everyone that the UIA cares deeply about who we are associated with and will continue to carefully screen all corporate sponsorship applicants.


In this part of my original letter I state Mark conducted inappropriate unethical practices against another inventor using his position to change another person’s idea.

I have had personal conversations with Mark Reyland, the Executive Director of the United Inventors Association, during which he explained that he was duplicating a product another inventor had only recently successfully brought to the consumer market. Mark Reyland, the EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of the UIA made DEMANDS that this inventor show him the claims on the patent the inventor held. He has even asked me to do CAD design work for a product that I now believe he was trying to at least directly interfere with the success of, if not outright steal.

And from the inventor Mark tried to take advantage of

Monday, May 27, 2013

At 11:32 AM Posted by Lesia Farmer


I am at the forefront of this issue of Mark Reyland redesigning an inventor's product. Why you ask? Because I am Elisa Farmer, the Elisa Farmer that Mark redesigned my "Trap Door Colander"

There are a million questions regarding Warren Tuttle, Mark Reyland, Lifetime Brands, and the UIA coming in, and I need to clear up the facts of the story. Please read this story in its entirety, as I need to clear up the names of the innocent people/companies involved here.

Here are the clear facts for anyone who wants to take the time to read:

Several months ago, I was contacted by Mark Reyland who had a new design to my Trap Door Colander. He asked me what I thought of the product "I explained to Mark that I thought my patent application covered his design" and honestly I was not a big fan of the product, but that is the one I wanted him to stay with out of fear of what it could do to my colander which was just beginning to barely make traction in retail.

I then spoke to Warren Tuttle, who called to fill me in on the fact that Mark was working on a colander, and had asked for it to be submitted to Lifetime Brands. Warren at that time explained to me that it was his contractual responsibility to submit products to them, but that in fact he would proceed with caution on my behalf. Warren also said he had explained to Mark that he needed to in fact get in touch with me because of the ethical issue at hand I assume. Mark did contact me via phone, and once again I explained that I felt my patent application covered his design. He proceeded to explain to me that I did not have an actual patent, and that all I had was a patent application, which was true. He said that only way he would know whether he needed to include me was by seeing my patent claims. Like I am stupid enough to just toss me out to whoever asks for them. We got into a bit of what I consider a mild disagreement, and we at the end agreed I would contact my patent attorney. At that point I was advised not to have any more discussions with Mark about my patent. So that is what I did, no more contact.

At that point Warren Tuttle did in fact what his obligation was to do, and that was to submit Mark's version of the colander to Lifetime Brands. Warren kept me in the loop, and did come back and tell me that he had shown it, but because of the complicated issues he advised Lifetime Brands it may not be a good idea to move forward. Lifetime Brands in fact turned the new colander design down. All I can say is "what a sigh of relief!!"

During this time I also had Joe Fournier contact me that was working on the CADS for Mark, because he was a friend of mine. He was also worried about the ethical issues of designing CADS around my product. He and I had many in depth discussions about my feelings on the issue, and he did well at keeping me calm. Mark Reyland was also a friend of his, and we tried to keep the two separate, and he never shared the CADS with me. He just assured me that my product was better, so no worries. He also had a job to do for the UIA, and I always tried to respect that. Then at a much later date Joe shared with me that Mark Reyland had submitted the new colander design to A.J. Khubani on his private jet. I have verified that story through a very reliable source, and that source was someone who was also on the plane.

With everything I am trying to say, my main focus is that people understand that I respect Warren Tuttle's responsibility to Lifetime Brands, and I have never held against him that he did his job. Warren Tuttle is a great friend of mine, and still today I trust him. I think the distrust needs to be shifted in another direction, and that is the direction of Mark Reyland. I told Mark if this ever got out, it would be a train wreck, well Mark by not covering yourself, and boasting about what you had done, the train wreck is in fact here. I sit back, and kept my mouth closed, and you decided to move forward and make people aware you were redesigning my colander, and that is your fault.

I also would like to add that legally Mark Reyland did NOTHING wrong....... For the inventor community it seems to be the ETHICS are what is in question here with Mark Reyland position as Executive Director of the United Inventors Association!!

He spoke of me as if I was not only a friend, but a professional inventor: and maybe this is why I have had a hard time with this.

I do not want this blog post to be about anger or hurt, so I will leave it at this. I have drawn my own conclusion............Now it's up to you the reader to draw yours as to who is guilty of anything. It is NOT Warren Tuttle, it is NOT Lifetime Brands, and NOT the UIA. The only part the UIA that plays in any of this is the position Mark Reyland holds as the Executive Director.

I put my faith in Warren that he will handle this internally, and my hopes is that one bad apple does not spoil the whole bunch. We all agree the UIA has some outstanding inventor programs, and I know these people tirelessly give their personal time. I beg of each one of you reading, please put the blame where it is due, and not against an entire organization.

Any responses will be monitored before I post them because I will NOT have this turn into a more confusing situation, nor will I let this get out of hand with anything that is not a fact in this story!!


These are the points that my first email addressed and all parts of that email were backed up with FACTS, What did I get in return from the UIA? I got called a criminal, I got called a hacker, and I was accused of doing things I never did,

I have known Mark for almost a year, and you know something when I asked him what he invented and had on the market he sent me, the ba noodle, and twist caps, stupid little plastic caps to put on a soda can. Even as a so called friend he has never once produced anything till I saw him copying Lesias Idea.

Marks credentials of course are top secret, of course he had a great work experiences, that’s why he works for the UIA now making what he can steal or 36,000 a year if he was approved by HOS board, that brings up another topic, we will save that for this week, mark tells me that the UIA Board answers to HIM not the other way around. Then we will talk about how the UIA pays its "volunteers"


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Corporate Sponsors - insider blows the whistle on the United Inventors Association

Many People have asked me what exactly my Job Description was, so I decided to find the actual document that was sent to me describing the job. I am copy and pasting here

The United Inventors Association of America

1025 Connecticut Ave Suite 1000

Washington, DC 20036

Corporate Membership Director

Job Description and Tasks

As the UIA primary interface to our corporate members, the UIA Corporate Membership Director is responsible for the following tasks:

The continual recruitment and development of new corporate members into the UIA Platinum Medallion Program. This was the Certification process that had changed to a sponsorship program, some people say so what? what difference does that make, well simply put it turned into if someone had money and they wanted to advertise to you as a UIA member, Since day ONE of my work with the UIA not single application for membership was denied. all were approved and their money was taken so they could advertise their products or services or events to you. SO how was the UIA protectig you from the predators who make their money off inventors instead of inventions! how was finding a company on the UIA site any different than you doing a Google search, there was no safety net in place any more, if there ever really was. I recieved a letter from a previous "PLATINUM MEMBER CERTIFIED PRO" - with their permission I am copying and pastng the letter, removing the contact information so that Mark Reyland cannot go after them as well. this sory shows that even then the "Certified Pro" Program was not being done properly too.

"Dear Joe!

Thank you for your candor! I appreciate your honesty and boldness to step forward and "blow the whistle". I was actually offered your position by Mark Reyland almost a year ago and when I queried him on the outrageous requirements of the job position I never received an answer. I can validate your claim as I paid $5000.00 for a Platinum Membership and was never researched nor were my references called. A fact I found terribly disturbing given the level of "approval" i was supposed to be subjected to. I was promised that I would be invited to be a guest speaker at trade shows, attend VIP dinners where conferences were held and never received an invitation. I was fleeced for $5000.00 and couldn't even access the membership directory after paying. I could go on and on.

If you would like to discuss this with me further or need any fodder to substantiate your claims please feel free to call me!! I was left out to dry by the UIA at the Platinum Level and lost all hope in my invention and company.

I am SO appreciative you stepped out and brought this situation into the light!!

With gratitude,

Design and implementation of an effective and repeatable membership program. including membership levels, ROI, logos, marketing materials, and the like. I spent Months and countless hours building a database for the UIA to make the process of tracking Memberships, Levels, alarms when memberships expire, hundreds of hours were put into this database, One of Marks demands to the police, was they were to get this software from me, But get this I WAS NEVER PAID for any of that work, yet Mark Demands the software be returned to him. In my police visit I explained that to them, and in actuality there is no software, it was a download off the internet.

Processing of all related paperwork, to include but not limited to , membership applications, payment, tax exemption forms, invoices, receipts and certification material. Now here think back to Warren Tuttle’s statement in his rebuttal letter , that "Joe was simply a volunteer" does this sound like a volunteer to you and the images below go further to show I was not just simply a volunteer

Ensure the timely and effective processing of all membership applications.  This here is important just to show they wanted the memberships to keep coming in,  remember to here are two main sources of income for the UIA, one being the sponsorship program, previously Certification program, and the second the tradeshow programs, while I KNOW about the Membership programs, I also know from what Mark Reyland told me directly, they made about 13,000 from the housewares show, how did they do this?, keep in mindthis is hearsay, they things Mark told me as I was not a part of the sponsorship program,  In most cases the UIA purchased an area in a trade show, and then divided it up into as many booths as the show would allow them to,  Inventors depending on the show were charged as much as 2500.00 for a booth at a show.

 Track expirations, renewals and deadlines associated with UIA memberships  I did this with the creation of the database I created the same database Mark demanded be returned to the UIA, the same database the UIA refused to pay me for all my hard work.

 Personally contact each corporate member once per quarter to check on their membership needs.  Ask any Corporate Sponsor if I did my job, ask them if I went out of my way to try to help them, ask if they were contacted more than each quarter, here I will make it easy, as they are corporate sponsors, and the information is posted on the UIA site, here is a list of all corporate sponsors as of May 15th 2013
As Seen on TV Inc.
Ashley Bowden
United Patent Research
Patrick Ralston
Evergreen Innovation Partners
Brian Abe
Martin Bispels
Orange Grapes
Hussain Zarrabi
Michael Miller
Inventure Works LLC
Pete Prados
Glober Designs
Jonathan Globerson
Creation Nation
Dave Lampson
Invention Home
Russell Williams
Got Invention Radio
Brian Fried
China 2 West
Mark Clayton
Fargo Designs
Lisa Fargo
Andrea Pass
More Media Direct
Mickey Silverman
X-it Products
Slingshot Product Development Group
Noah McNeeley
Toy Industry Association Inc
Carter Keithley
Power Patent, Inc.
Bao Tran
Carter, Deluca, Farrell & Schmidt. LLP
Anthony Fresco
Evision Sales and Marketing
Bill Mchenry
Source Direct
Ed Mauro
Inventors Blueprint
Ryan Grepper
Inventions Geneva
Petra Hagen
Faultless Stach
Steve Pope
Proformance Marketing
Scott Hynd
Docie Marketing
Ron Docie
Ken Hull
KDK Technology Limited
Gary Kellmann
Product Placement & Promotions, LLC
Marlo Gold
Mary Jutten
Products to profits
Amy Wenslow
Michelle Murray
Lifetime Brands
Warren Tuttle
Develop a clear, and well communicated, Return on Investment (ROI) for our members I don’t know but I thought that a 501c3 couldn’t offer a Return On Investment to people or  companies who donate

Notify and facilitate the renewal of existing members I had an excellecnt renewal rate, actually I have never had a complaint about any of my job function

Attend tradeshow and meeting functions as required to network new members. Attended Tradeshows even when Mark Retland Knew of my condition of my back,  even to the point that he gave me a hard time when I told hime I wasn’t going to be able tomake itto the hardware show in Vegas

Communicate, answer questions, and record the vote of the UIA selection committee for new members  there were no growth goals ever set in place, was told to just keep the money coming in sent all new companies to the Executive committee for vote

Meet or exceed stated annual membership growth goals  there were no goals set